Zero-hours workers happier with their work-life balance Employees on zero-hour contracts are more likely to be happy with their work-life balance than other workers, according to research by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). Its research, Zero-hour contracts: myth and reality, which surveyed more than 1,000 employees, was published in collaboration with law firm Lewis Silkin … Read moreZero-hours workers are happier with their work-life balance
A BBC investigation into a UK-based Amazon warehouse has found conditions that a stress expert said could cause “mental and physical illness”. Prof Marmot, one of Britain’s leading experts on stress at work, said the working conditions at the warehouse are “all the bad stuff at once”. He said: “The characteristics of this type of … Read moreAmazon workers face increased risk of mental illness
People who regularly eat nuts appear to live longer, according to the largest study of its kind. The study followed nearly 120,000 people for 30 years. The more regularly people consumed nuts, the less likely they were to die during the study. People eating nuts once a week were 11% less likely to have died during the … Read moreEating nuts may increase health and lower death risk
Creating a wellbeing strategy should be fundamental to any business, whether you have 3 or 3,000 employees. Health and wellbeing initiatives are seen as affordable ways for organisations to reward staff to invest in their health and wellbeing. Employees will then feel cared for and in turn more motivated to achieve company goals – this … Read moreWhy is having a wellbeing strategy important to your business?
62% of employers don’t believe that their current healthcare benefits are sustainable in the long-term, a survey finds. A poll of over 100 employers conducted by Jelf Employee Benefits revealed that while 96% of employers believe it is appropriate that they promote better health to their staff, 62% do not think that their current health … Read moreHealthcare benefits are 'unsustainable', a survey of employers reveals.
Displaying posters with information such as how many calories people burn by taking the stairs in the workplace could help cut obesity, a new Government-backed tech start-up has claimed. A new idea – StepJockey – is based on the “nudge theory” is being launched today. Participating workplaces display posters by staircases, and employees can download … Read moreTaking the stairs at work could help cut obesity
An excessive, and unsupervised exercise routine might not be as healthy as it seems. Emerging science suggests there is a threshold of distance, intensity or duration for even the hardiest fitness fanatic, and overshooting this can have a serious impact on cardiovascular health. In a review published in the journal Heart, two leading U.S. cardiologists … Read moreMiddle-aged men who run marathons are at a greater risk of heart problems
A new health campaign launched today urges people to self-treat minor winter ailments, as research exposes nearly half the UK adult population still think antibiotics can treat cold and flu. New research uncovers a distinct lack of awareness around the appropriate use of antibiotics for winter ailments like cold and flu, with almost half the population … Read more'Treat Yourself Better' campaign launches asking people to self-treat for cold & flu symptoms
Depression can make us physically older by speeding up the ageing process in our cells, according to a study. Lab tests showed cells looked biologically older in people who were severely depressed or who had been in the past. These visible differences in a measure of cell ageing called telomere length couldn’t be explained by … Read moreDepression linked to the ageing process
A survey this summer from PricewaterhouseCoopers has provided the biggest insight yet into the cost of sick days to British Business – £29 billion a year and British employees take more than four times as many days off work due to sickness than their global counterparts. The research goes onto reveal that the average British … Read moreWhy does employee health and wellbeing really matter?
New research has found that having a difficult boss can be bad for your health. Working for a horrible boss can come with stress, long hours and a bad office atmosphere. The study found that chronic stress causes changes in the gene activity in immune cells. These changes cause the cells to be primed to … Read moreA horrid boss really can affect your wellbeing
A recent study of more than 10,000 people found that 44% of volunteers said they were currently suffering from stress. Of this group, 28% said they had been feeling this way for more than a year, while 27% said they regularly feel “close to breaking point”. The study also revealed that the main cause of anxiety … Read moreNearly 50% of Brits think they're stressed